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Tinley Park brawl between white
Posted: May 20, 2012 5:1 1 PM GDT
Updated: Jun 03, 2012 5:15 PM GDT
By Mike Flannery, FOX 32 News Political Editor CONNECT
FIRST ON FOX: It now appears that a vicious brawl at a south
suburban restaurant on Saturday involved hammer-wielding
"anti-fascists" attacking a group of self-professed "white
The attack occurred at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, according to
Tinley Park police. Ten were injured, with three taken to local
hospitals. Among innocent bystanders terrified by the bizarre
explosion of violence were several dozen women there for a
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Ashford House guests
attacked with baseball bats in
Sources tell Fox Chicago News that at least one of the white nationalists was a fugitive
wanted on as many as seven different warrants.
After the attack, several injured white supremacists fled immediately, declining medical
treatment. Tinley Park Police said they detained five of the suspected attackers, who
apparently call themselves members of the "South Side Chicago Anti-Racist Action." Police
and Cook County prosecutors said criminal charges could be filed Sunday.
The white supremacists had apparently posted on one or more of their websites that they
planned to have lunch at the Ashford House restaurant, 7959 W. 159th St, Tinley Park. Their
internet postings refer to a "5th Annual White Nationalist Economic Summit." Not clear is
whether they chose this weekend and this suburban Chicago location as some sort of
response to the NATO Summit in Chicago.
The "anti-fascists" boasted of the violent attack on their own website, promising more to
come. The first of four key unity principles cited on the website states: "Whenever fascists
are active or organizing in public, we're there. We don't believe in ignoring them or staying
away from them. Never let the Nazis have the street."
A skinhead using the name Brandon Spiller posted several messages after the attack. He
said doctors used eight surgical staples to close a wound inflicted on him. He complained,
"I had my gun in my car, but couldn't get to it due to Illinois law. If I was able to CCW
(concealed carry of a weapon) they would have been stopped and I wouldn't be typing this
from a hospital."
One witness told Fox Chicago News that, just before the brawl, the attackers gathered in a
lot near the restaurant. They were dressed entirely in black, wearing hoodies and
bandannas to conceal their identity. He said the attackers were all white, including a mix of
young men and women who may have been in their 20s. He said they loudly chanted
political slogans. Then, armed with baseball bats, nunchuks and hammers, they ran
screaming through the restaurant's front door.
The owners and managers of the Ashford House restaurant said they knew nothing about
either group involved in the brawl.
General Manager Nick Cardinal told Fox Chicago News he was flabbergasted to learn that
the diners targeted in the attack were white nationalists. He said he had no idea how or why
they chose to meet at that location.
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